Main definitions of toppie in English

: toppie1toppie2

toppie1

noun

  • An African bulbul (songbird) with a black or dark brown head and crest.

    Genus Pycnonotus, family Pycnonotidae: several species

Origin

Late 19th century: from topknot.

Pronunciation

toppie

/ˈtɒpi/

Main definitions of toppie in English

: toppie1toppie2

toppie2

noun

South African
informal
  • A middle-aged or elderly man.

    ‘a toppie with grey hair turned us away’
    • ‘An old toppie from the Vatican of all places stood up and said: ‘I have listened to all the problems all morning, but… if the country is still functioning after 10 years and farmers are still farming, you must have done something right.’’
    • ‘When he (an old De La Sallian who became a noted chemist and mayor of Molteno and is now retired in Port Elizabeth) and I went to the last Old Boys dinner we attended, I said to him, ‘But where are all the old ‘toppies’?’’

Origin

1960s: perhaps from Zulu thopi ‘growing sparsely’ (describing thinning hair), or from Hindi ṭopī ‘hat’.

Pronunciation

toppie

/ˈtɒpi/